Pottermore has announced this afternoon that Jude Law will be taking on the role of Young Dumbledore in the next Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film. The sequel to Fantastic Beasts is slated for release 16 November 2018, and filming begins this summer. Three more films will follow after this sequel. According to the article:
The second film in the Fantastic Beasts series will show Dumbledore decades before he became Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
At this point in the story he is the wizarding school’s Transfiguration professor and a contemporary of Gellert Grindelwald – the Dark wizard we met in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Johnny Depp.
On the announcement Potter and Fantastic Beasts director David Yates said: “Jude Law is a phenomenally talented actor whose work I’ve long admired and I’m looking forward to finally having the opportunity to work with him. I know he will brilliantly capture all the unexpected facets of Albus Dumbledore as J.K. Rowling reveals this very different time in his life.”
The article also gives a tiny bit of information regarding the plot of this second film, which “takes the story deeper into an increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where Newt and our other heroes must decide on their allegiances.”
Online video platform VUDU is holding a Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them viewing party to celebrate the film’s digital release on March 7th. The viewing party will be held on Friday March 10th at 6pm PST, RSVP at this link and pre-order Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them so you’re ready to watch! Follow them on Twitter for fun facts, trivia, and giveaways all throughout the screening and use the hashtag #VUDUviewingparty!
Fans, wizards and no-majs alike will be syncing their screenings of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and engaging in online banter, reactions and trivia contests for the duration of the movie.
In addition to social giveaways, VUDU are holding a trivia contest on their Facebook where you can win even more prizes, check it out here! Answer 10 or more trivia questions correctly to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Fantastic Beasts Wand Set, Newt Scamander’s journal and wand pen! Four runners-up will receive Newt Scamander’s journal, wand pen, and bookmark! Winners will be announced during the #VUDUviewingparty on 3/10/17!
We will be giving away 10 digital copies to our readers in the United States, use the form below to enter! Note: Vudu is only available in the US, so unfortunately we have to limit the winners.
While the Harry Potter films earned twelve nominations they never won an Academy Award. The drought is over because Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has won the Oscar for Best Costume Design at the 2017 Academy Awards! The film is also up for Best Production Design, we will update this post with the results.
Update: Unfortunately Fantastic Beasts was beat by La La Land in the Best Production Design category.
A video of Colleen accepting the award may be watched below:
The BAFTAs, British Academy Film Awards, were held in London this evening and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them walked away with an award. It beat out Doctor Strange, Hail Caesar!, La La Land and Nocturnal Animals for the Production Design BAFTA. The film was also nominated for Special Visual Effects, Outstanding British Film, Costume Design and Sound.
The BAFTAs are essentially the British form of The Oscars so winning an award is a great honor. They are a celebration of the years achievements in film and are broadcast on BBC. You can watch a livestream of the red carpet arrivals below:
Warner Bros. released a deleted scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them at this weekend’s Celebration of Harry Potter! The scene features Queenie and Tina singing the Ilvermorny song and contains a famous quote from the trailer that fans were disappointed to not see in the finished film.
This clip is featured on the blu-ray and DVD release of the film. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be available on Digital HD 3/7 and Blu-ray™ 3/28.
Pottermore has announced this morning that Eddie Redmayne has recorded an audio book for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Newt Scamander. The digital audio book is available for pre-order from Audible UK, Audible US and Audible Australia now and will be released on 14 March 2017.
This is NOT a reading of the screenplay, it’s for the original textbook from 2001. This new version has updated beasts from J.K. Rowling as well as a foreword from Newt.